London Transport items have increased in popularity with collectors
over the past few years and now appear in many collections. The most
often seen items are enamel signs from underground stations that
were taken down during refurbishment and were sold off in auction a
in the early 1990’s.
most popular are small targets with the station name on an enamel
plate with a brass surround. The earlier types were one-piece enamel
plates with a brass surround (much rarer), which also included a
very small version from the ticket office wall.
later types were in 3 pieces again with a one-piece surround but
with two centre bars. This was a more convenient pattern, as the
half moon plates were standard with only the centre panel being for
any particular station. Many stations still carry these type of
signs so we can look forward to the auctions of the future! Similar
much larger signs were also on the station platforms and these
continue to be gradually replaced. Many of these signs lost their
brass rims as they were sold off as scrap. Prices from £200 -
Enamel frieze panels with the station name & with bands on the edges
to denote the lines colours were used on all stations underground
and now turn up on a regular basis, as also do the short end plates
with the lines name. Prices from £20 - £100.
There are many other enamel signs available and if these had an
arrow they can be dated by the number of feathers to the arrow – the
earliest having four.
collectable at the moment are the enamel destination boards that
used to be carried on the front of underground stock. These come in
a variety of forms and turn up regularly in nearly all auctions.
Printed with destinations on either side & brass ends to slot onto
the front of the leading coach they were in use for many years.
Prices range from £20 - £100+.
London Transport bus items are also regularly in the auction
catalogue with bus stops and bus numbers being the most popular
items. There is also a wide range of LT uniform enamel badges &
these are also popular with collectors.
other items turn up at Railwayana auctions and these can be made
into a very attractive display.
is an area of collecting that can only increase in popularity and
being at the moment relatively inexpensive may be one worth
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